Intern Spotlight: Makena Cioni

Tell us about your background:

I’m born and raised in LA in a Japanese-American-Italian household. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t in love with the outdoors, from weekend camping trips to hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains, to being the kid who played with bugs on the schoolyard. Currently, I’m entering my second year in the Dual BA Program Between Columbia University and Sciences Po, a small program where I’m able to study at two different universities, majoring in both Political Science in France and Sustainable Development in New York.

How did you get to Climate Resolve?:

I was looking for a summer internship involved in the environment and sustainability when I heard about Climate Resolve through a coworker of my parents. I looked up the work they were doing and knew immediately that I wanted to work with them. I wanted to put my money where my mouth was and do something more than just study the environment and sustainability in school. I’m so excited to work with Climate Resolve this summer and learn the ins and outs of a field I hope to work in after graduation.

What do you expect to do while at Climate Resolve?

I’m signed on to work at Climate Resolve with Chase Engelheardt as part of a new project into the relationship between environmental organizations and labor unions. As a passionate environmentalist and also the daughter of a former union organizer, this is a project I’m especially interested in. In the next 8 weeks I’ll be researching the intersection between labor and the environment to understand the effect climate legislation and shifts to a carbon-neutral society will have on jobs in the impacted sectors. Talking to workers and unions in these impacted fields, I’ll be working to understand the areas where labor and the environment  have common ground.


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